Road to Rio

Road to Rio

Bing Crosby
Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
, Bob Hope
Bob Hope
, Dorothy Lamour
Dorothy Lamour
Norman Z. McLeod


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Road to Rio was the first of three "Road" pictures jointly produced by stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. On the run from the law again, musicians Bob and Bing stow away on an ocean liner. They try to come to the rescue of heiress Dorothy Lamour, who is doomed to an arranged marriage to caddish George Meeker. All gratitude and effusions for their assistance, Dorothy surprises Bob and Bing on their next meeting by slapping them in their faces and declaring "I hate you! I loathe you! I despise you!" The explanation? Dorothy is being hypnotized by her scheming aunt Gale Sondergaard, who has set up the marriage for mysterious mercenary reasons of her own. When Dorothy is "herself" again, Bob and Bing smuggle her off the ship and into their Rio de Janeiro hotel room. The boys plan to save Dorothy from her unwanted marriage by passing her off as a nightclub singer, and themselves as band leaders. Trouble is, they have no band. Enter the Wiere Brothers, three Rio street entertainers. Bob and Bing hire the threesome on the spot, unmindful that they have booked themselves into Nestor Paiva's nightclub on the promise that they're delivering an American band. Since the Wieres speak only Portuguese, Bing teaches each brother an American phrase by rote: "You're in the groove, Jackson," "You're Telling Me," and "This is Murder." Naturally, it isn't long before the boys' ruse is discovered, and this coupled with the newly hypnotized Lamour's threats to have Bob and Bing arrested, leaves our heroes broke and stranded once more. Still, they pose a menace to Sondergaard, thus she contrives a method of disposing of them. Hypnotizing them both, Sondergaard orders Bob and Bing to kill each other. They snap out of the spell just in time, but still there's the problem of rescuing Dorothy. And now there's a new angle: mysterious stranger Frank Puglia informs the boys that the only way to stop the wedding is to retrieve (pause; a furtive glance left; a furtive glance right) "The Papers." Said papers are in the possession of Sondergaard, obliging Bob and Bing to show up at the pre-nuptial festival in disguise (with Bob in drag). Managing to hypnotize Sondergaard's henchmen Frank Faylen and Joseph Vitale, Bob and Bing uncover the precious Papers, and Dorothy is saved. But how can those papers stop a wedding? We won't give away the surprise, nor will we tell you whether Dorothy ends up with Bob or Bing, nor even what the heck Jerry Colonna is doing in the picture leading a cavalry charge. Not the best of the "Road" pictures, Road to Rio is nonetheless one of the most memorable--and quotable (how many of your high school pals used to confound the teacher by declaring "You're in the groove, Jackson"?)

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2017
UPC: 0738329216016
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 29,995

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Scat Sweeney
Bob Hope Hot Lips Burton
Dorothy Lamour Lucia Maria de Andrade
Gale Sondergaard Catherine Vail
Frank Faylen Trigger
Joseph Vitale Tony
Frank Puglia Rodrigues
Nestor Paiva Cardoso
Robert H. Barrat Johnson
Stone-Barton Puppeteers Guest
Jerry Colonna Cavalry Captain
Andrews Sisters Themselves
Carioca Boys Actor
Brandon Hurst Barker
Pepito Perez Dignified Gentleman
Tad Van Brunt Pilot
Wiere Brothers Musicians
Ralph Gomez Actor
Charles B. Middleton Farmer
Al Bridge Ship's Officer
Patty Andrews Actor
Stanley Andrews Captain Harmon
Stanley Blystone Assistant Purser
Arthur Q. Bryan Mr. Stanton
George Chandler Valet
Gino Corrado Barber
Ralph Dunn Barker
Tor Johnson Samson
Donald Kerr Steward
George Lloyd Butcher
Babe London Woman
George Meeker Sherman Malley
John Miller Dancer
Paul Newlan Butcher
Patsy O'Byrne Charwoman
Raul Roulien Calvary Officer
Albert Ruiz Specialty dancer
George Sorel Prefeito
Ray Teal Buck
Harry Woods Ship's Purser
Duke York Roustabout
Fred Zendar Stevedore
LaVerne Andrews Actor
Maxene Andrews Actor
Frank S. Hagney Roustabout

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Ary Barroso Songwriter
Edmund Beloin Screenwriter
Johnny Burke Score Composer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Dare Producer
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Pearce Choreography
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Oscar Rudolph Asst. Director
Bob Russell Songwriter
James VanHeusen Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Road to Rio
1. Chapter 1 [12:49]
2. Chapter 2 [6:22]
3. Chapter 3 [11:11]
4. Chapter 4 [14:03]
5. Chapter 5 [7:52]
6. Chapter 6 [16:31]
7. Chapter 7 [17:09]
8. Chapter 8 [15:15]

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